DISARMing the Trickster
By Yvan Roy
A workshop I designed suggests how to use the SMART tool DISARM – Destructive Imagery and Self-talk Awareness and Refusal Method – at a meeting or on your own.
1. Develop the Framework – Externalize the Addiction
Talk about how the addiction has come to dominate the participants’ lives and led them to believe that it is much stronger than they are – in fact, serving as addiction’s core strategy for domination. Doing this begins to externalize the addiction. Discuss the relationship that participants have with their addiction.
Personify or name the addiction / the enemy – Take some time to name the enemy, perhaps with a drawing to further externalize the addition. For example, let’s use the Trickster.
2. Track the Influence of the Addiction / Enemy
Describing their relationship, participants can include:
• The Trickster’s influence on their life, such as their health, work, school, finances, relationships, and relationship with themselves (self-worth, confidence, self-esteem).
• The Trickster’s intention for their life going forward into the future.
• The Trickster’s strategies for dominating their life.
Questions to draw out this information
What does the Trickster make you believe about your addiction that prevents you from moving forward?
How did the Trickster take control of your life?
What is the Trickster getting you to do that goes against your better intentions?